Category: The Farm

Too Peaceful?

“There are few things as charming and attractive as country life, especially when we are tired, stressed, and overwhelmed by the noise and pollution of the city. Country life is the only available type of paradise for people who seek peace, calm, beauty, and harmony.” ~ Unknown

Empty Fields Cropped

This is my second offering for GC and my photo challenge Peaceful over at Weekly Prompts. I’ve also linked to three other sites (detailed at the base).

Standing on the roof terrace surveying all that is below, I am once more reminded that something is not quite right, something is missing from this green and pleasant land, and if it’s possible to be too peaceful, then this is it.

At the end of March, Richard, the farmer who rents my land called in to pay his rent. “I’ll fetch you some lambs up in a couple of weeks!”  – Richard, I’m still waiting!

I love this time of year as I eagerly await the arrival of the lambs.  Often we have a few cows with their young calves, and they too bring a lot of pleasure, not least because cows are such curious creatures, frequently hanging over the garden wall, almost as though they’ve popped over for a chin-wag.

Cow 1

Recently, I took the bull by the horns and confronted WordPress about the failure of some our pingbacks, and not being one to let a situation slide, I badgered the company, with questions, and I cheekily offered ideas and advice.

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Stepping Out

angela's fitbitOne does not simply go to bed before checking their Fitbit and quietly walking around the house until getting 10,000 steps” ~ Anon.

This weekend, the Photo Challenge on Weekly Prompts, the site I share with my partner GC, is Walking. This is my own response to the challenge.

A couple of days ago I drove up to the top of Ilkley Moor to meet up with cousin Angela. Lunch with Angela is always a pleasure. Good food at the Cow and Calf hotel, log fires, and plenty of laughter as we put the world to rights is pretty much guaranteed.

I told Angela about our Weekly Prompts photo challenge Walking and mentioned my friend and her Fitbit. With a smile on her face, Angela lifted her sleeve and showed me her own fitness tracker.

After lunch, we increased the step count on her tracker when we took a short walk across the moor whilst we took photographs of the view. Perhaps I should add a Fitbit to my birthday wish list!

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A Curious Mystery

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” ~ Albert Einstein

This weekend over on Weekly Prompts , the site I share with GC, the Photo Challenge is Mysterious!

This is my personal response to our challenge.

A few days ago, I returned home to find a car, one I didn’t recogniseparked near the front door. I had a quick look around outside, couldn’t see anyone so assumed it must have been left here by a colleague of my daughter or son-in-law (they live here too, next door), perhaps they had driven off together.

A few minutes later I returned to the car, took a photograph and sent it to my daughter. A return message said neither of them knew anything about the car. Read More…

A Bucolic Life

The Photo Challenge on our other site is Bucolic. This is my response to the prompt.

The UK is enjoying a glorious heatwave, and last week I took advantage of the warm weather and hosted a small, evening drinks party.

During the morning, having decided that the supermarket probably couldn’t supply my shopping list in full, I took a ten-minute drive to my local M & S food store (Marks and Spencer) where I purchased wine, nibbles and a few ingredients to make my canapés.

As it was such a bright clear morning, I took the scenic route across the top of Otley Chevin, and when passing ‘Surprise View’ carpark, I couldn’t resist stopping off for a little while to admire the magnificent views, right here on my doorstep.

Wharfedale 1

The Wharfe Valley and the Yorkshire Dales. 

View of Otley from the Chevin

Nestling in the Wharfe Valley is the little market town of Otley 

If you have read the introduction to this photo challenge on our other site Weekly Prompts, you may have noted that I once asked my late husband for the meaning of the word Bucolic. His instant reply was “You’re living it!” 

My little soiree was a success, and as it was a warm summer evening,  we sat upstairs on the balcony or as my twenty-something son refers to it, the roof terrace. We enjoyed good food, good wine and good company with each of us taking great pleasure in watching the animals grazing in the fields below. My husband got it just right, I am living the life, the good life and I will be forever grateful.

And so… A taste of my Bucolic life…

The following poem by Christopher Marlowe (1564 – 1593) sums up Bucolic nicely.

Come live with me and be my Love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That hills and valleys, dale and field,
And all the craggy mountains yield.
There will we sit upon the rocks
And see the shepherds feed their flocks,
By shallow rivers, to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals.

© 2018 – In response to the word-prompt Bucolic from our other site

Off with the old and on with the new

The future changes every day, new beginnings and new outlooks, brand new pages in another book, so why not open it and take a look.


Kirkstall Abbey Leeds, England

The last week in May signalled the end of the weekly photo challenges and daily prompts, and like many bloggers, I was saddened and disappointed, but out of the ashes, a new idea was born! 

GC and I decided to take our partnership in a new direction and together we created a new site and although in the development stage we welcome you to take part in our trial. Take a look 

To quote Gerry – The loss of this valuable platform caused many stalwart souls to think about ceasing their creative endeavors. This was a loss of talented people who had over the years honed their photographic and writing skills.

Our recently conceived site will attempt to fill that creative void which developed over the Word Press site’s discontinuation of that feature.

We heartily encourage you to write new posts or share your treasured photographs in reply to our Weekly Prompts. ~ GC

In the meantime please continue viewing some of my favourite photographs previously seen on this site.


The Shambles York the oldest street in England

Photo shoot calf

Seaside water fun

What goes up must come down

Mia 2012

Mia who lived to be 21 sat in her favourite spot.

Woody and loo roll

Woody our family beagle

(c) June 2018

In response to the final WP photo challenge All time favourites